Switching control of medical ventilation systems

Nathan Van De Wouw, B. Hunnekens, S. Kamps

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In this paper, we introduce a switching control strategy for mechanical ventilators in medical respiratory systems. Respiratory systems assist patients that have difficulty breathing on their own. For the comfort of the patient, fast pressure buildup (and release), and a stable flow response are desired. However, linear controllers typically need to balance between these conflicting objectives. In order to balance this trade-off in a more desirable manner, a switching controller is proposed, that switches the controller gain based on the magnitude of the patient flow. The effectiveness of the control strategy is demonstrated in a model-based simulation study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 Annual American Control Conference (ACC 2018)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
ISBN (Print)9781538654286
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 Annual American Control Conference - Milwauke, United States
Duration: 27 Jun 201829 Jun 2018


Conference2018 Annual American Control Conference
Abbreviated titleACC 2018
CountryUnited States

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    Van De Wouw, N., Hunnekens, B., & Kamps, S. (2018). Switching control of medical ventilation systems. In Proceedings of the 2018 Annual American Control Conference (ACC 2018) (pp. 532-538). [8431256] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.23919/ACC.2018.8431256